October 21, 2014

10 of the most amazing tables ever.

By Alejandra G.

 If you think a table is just four legs and a top, think again. Creative designers are finding incredibly ingenuous ways to turn tables into works of art. A clever combination of ancient woods, resins and glass, solid wood with stainless steel, ultramodern geometric patterns, minimalistic designs, even marble and metal are just a few of the amazing materials that are being used today to create these fantastic pieces of furniture. Tables with effortless fusion of functionality and artistic form. And believe it or not, each of these pieces of art are meant to be admired from an artistic perspective as from a practical one. So, if you think there are only so many different ways to reinvent a board with four simple legs, these 10 examples of amazingly artistic table designs will prove you wrong.

Montana Gray table.
 Unique, raw, natural, pure. This table has been crafted from the roots of a teak¹ tree that was harvested years ago. No two tables are alike, each piece changes depending of the shape of the tree. Over time teak can mature to a silvery-grey finish, especially when exposed to sunlight that makes the contrast of this table incredibly special.

Cocteau console table.
 In this fantastic piece, reclaimed elm wood² with a gray tone finish over a hand carved retro-look urn pedestals with distressed white paint get together to form a heavy, steady, good looking piece. Natural tones with distinctive nicks and imperfections are a part of this table that speak for its origin. Tipically pieces of solid wood from barrels or old buildings are taken apart just as they come to translate into a beautiful table like this one.

Utica side table.
  In this piece, 19mm of thick flat edge clear glass top and stainless steal connect with this beautifully preserved slice of teak¹ tree at its purest, rarest form. This interesting fusion of materials present a unique way to preserve a fragment of ancient nature for years to come.

Santiago table.
 Is it possible that a family of beavers built this table? It's like they worked their way up to tower these natural trunks of teak wood and kindly gave it to us humans so we could top it with a thick glass and use it as a table. Smart, odd, interesting. Nature at its best.

Wave table.
  When ultramodern is not really your style, at the begining you don't really understand the sole purpose of this table, but when you take a closer look, you start to understand that this is minimalistic design at its best. One single piece that makes a visual statement. Pure, simple design, stainless steel metal. Simply incredible!

Teak Orbs.
 Versatile, natural, rare. The combination of a mostly perfect round shape of a teak¹ tree and a thick glass top, cleverly inserted into the wood becomes an instant trendsetter inside any home. Get close to the wood, take a look, is telling you a story that happened a million years ago. So, if you own one of this tables, you may own a piece of ancient history.

Thunder dining table.
 One of kind. This awesome table is a combination of solid suar wood³ and stainless steal inserts for a stunning piece of furniture. Solid wood native of Southeast Asia at its purest form. The remarkable feature of this wood is its beautiful gran pattern. Many trunks feature a wild pattern of branch growth, holes, fissures and cracks, which make every piece of wood completely unique.

The Cauca table.
 Ultramodern, chic, different. This design could be unthinkable for certain taste. But it's there. For the avant-garde, the progressive thinkers. Intertwined slats of stainless steal metal fused to a thick glass. A table that wont overcrowd your space, but that would definitively make a statement of who you are.

Tolima Side Table.
 Pure wood has imperfections, wholes, dents even right? It wouldn't be practical for your cup of coffee in the mornings. That's when resin comes along. They actually poured the resin over the natural wood that has been previously set up on a mold to give it a perfect shape. A genius idea by an awesome designer who tried to make a perfectly shaped table and succeeded; creating a charming story about this one of a kind chunk of teak wood and preserving it in time. Extraordinary!

Picaso coffee table.
 The suspended tempered glass top reminds me of a paint palette. Right in the air, the top is held by three stainless steel arching bases for an extraordinary visual effect. Minimalistic, artistic, ultramodern. This piece will definitively make a big statement.

¹Teak has been used as a crafting material for over 2000 years, it was found in an archeological dig in Berenike a port on the Indian Roman trade. No tree was purposely harmed to create this table. A Teak tree belongs to the family of Tectona grandis is native to south and southeast Asia, mainly India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Burma.
²Reclaimed lumber is wood retrieved from its original application for purposes of subsequent use. Most reclaimed lumber comes from timbers and decking rescued from old barns, factories and warehouses, although some companies use wood from less traditional structures such as boxcars, coal mines and wine barrels.
³Suarina wood -Lat. Samanea saman  is found on the sustainable forest of Southeast Asia where manufacturers are concerned about the degradation of the environment, therefore they replace more trees than they harvest.

July 5, 2013

Making More Out of Less: Maximizing Space in a Small Room or Studio

So you moved into a dorm room in college, you have a small room in your home, or you live in a studio apartment. Whatever the case may be, you have one major problem: many ideas wrestling around in your head, but little space to work with. Don’t let the challenge overwhelm you—we’re here to help! Here are some tips for maximizing space in a limited area. With a bit of creativity, you’ll open up unlimited possibilities.

Cut the Clutter

One of the best ways to get the most out of a small space is to simply get rid of the things you don’t need. That extra microwave? Out. Those piles of seldom-worn clothes? Donate them to friends, family, or a charity of your choice. Keep only the essentials. Everything that uses up your valuable floor space should be carefully chosen and have a good reason for being there.

Lighten Up

Choose lighter colors over darker ones when painting your walls. Lighter shades open up a space visually, making it appear larger. Make sure not to cover any windows with big pieces of furniture, since abundant light also inspires a sense of freedom.

Time for Reflection

Mirrors are great for getting dressed and fixing your hair, but they’re good for plenty of other things, too. Placed in a highly-visible area, mirrors add a sense of depth, making your room look even bigger. As an added bonus, they reflect light, also creating the impression of a larger room.

Dividers can turn a seemingly chaotic mess into an ordered paradise. These pieces allow you to separate your floor space into sections, whether by color, theme, style, or anything else you choose. Maybe you just want a little area of privacy in your studio. Some dividers even feature shelves, doubling as a “sort-of” bookcase.

Think Vertically

Don’t limit yourself to the floor. You have at least four walls—take advantage of them! Installing shelves along your walls is a great way to add much-needed space for storage. You can place books, trinkets, knickknacks, photos, and plenty more here.

Different types of furniture take advantage of vertical space, by favoring height over other dimensions. Here are a couple of examples

Wall units are tall furnishings that provide storage for your television, electronics, media, and much more. They are available in a variety of different sizes and styles, to suit your particular needs. With the right choice, you’ll have the benefit of adding an inviting focal point to your room, as well.

  • Don’t sleep on your childhood memories. You probably remember that bunk bed you shared with your brother or sister as a young child. These genius inventions allow more than one person to sleep comfortably in a room, taking up the space of a single bed! You can pick from variations such as twin over twin, twin over full, and more. Some even feature an additional trundle unit that slides out from below the bottom bunk, housing storage space or yet another mattress, as you wish. Have you ever heard of the bunk bed’s lesser-known cousin, the loft bed? This type of bed features only the top bunk, leaving ample space beneath it for a dresser, a desk, or anything else your mind fancies.

Multifunctional Furniture

We can’t stress this tip enough. The smaller the space you have to work with, the more you want to make sure that your furniture has more than one purpose.

  • Futons and sofa beds are comfortable seating options whenever you have company over, but turn into cozy beds at nighttime.

Space Saving TV ChestTV Chests are built with several drawers for storing your socks, undergarments, personal items, and more. But that’s not all. These pieces also feature shelves where you can place your Blu-ray or DVD player, VHS player, a gaming console—you get the picture. Lastly, the top has a space for your television. That’s at least three different functions combined into one stylish and compact piece. How convenient is that? If you just  can’t fit anymore furniture into your space, you can always mount your TV on a wall. Problem solved.

  • Dining tables are available with drop leaves or leaf extensions which increase the length of a table, but can be folded down or removed when you don’t need them. If you’re in a really tight bind, you can even use your table as a desk or workspace. 

    In the end, the more your furniture does, the more you benefit.

    Little Details, Big Results

    Whatever you choose to do, each of your choices is going to add up. Furnish your room or studio with an eye towards the big picture. Though it may seem difficult, there are many ways to make what seems impossible, possible. And, don’t forget, our furniture experts are always happy to help you with complimentary d├ęcor advice 

    For more space saving options, visit us at www.ElDoradoFurniture.com

November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving Traditions


Ah, Thanksgiving -- the time of year when we get to break our diets for a day and feast on turkey, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes with gravy, and pumpkin pie.

Of course, this being Miami, most of us Latinos will probably be eating an equally ginormous feast consisting of turkey (typically marinated to taste just like pork, or lechon), a proper serving of actual lechon, Cuban bread, fried plantains, white rice and black beans, and flan for dessert.

No matter how you celebrate Thanksgiving, the main focus of this treasured holiday centers around reuniting with family and friends, and giving thanks for everything we have in our lives. But who should we be thanking for having this holiday in the first place?

Most American schoolchildren know the tale of the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving on Plymouth Rock: after barely surviving a treacherous journey across the sea in search of emancipation from English rule, and suffering through an exceptionally rough winter that killed most of their crops, the Pilgrims sat down to give thanks to God and their new native American friends who taught them how to hunt and grow bountiful crops.

That first Thanksgiving took place in 1621, but it would be more than 200 years before President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November as the official Thanksgiving Day. Up until then, each state had its own Thanksgiving day and traditions (if it was celebrated at all). President Lincoln’s decision to standardize the holiday was due in part to Sarah Josepha Hale, an influential writer and magazine editor.


For more than 40 years, Hale petitioned to make Thanksgiving a national holiday, noting that “We have too few holidays … Thanksgiving, like the Fourth of July, should be considered a national festival and observed by all our people.”

Hale also helped in domesticating Thanksgiving. Many families at the time celebrated Thanksgiving in ways that would be unrecognizable to us today. Some threw rambunctious parties, others served goose or duck as their main course, with sides that saw no mention of stuffing, yams, or mashed potatoes. Dinner was served at tables with mismatched chairs and silverware, while some guests (usually children) ate on the floor.

In one of her written works, Hale described the picturesque Thanksgiving gathering of an upper class family. It was here that many of the holiday traditions we know came to be. From the plump turkey served with stuffing, and the potatoes drizzled with gravy from a gravy boat, to finishing off the feast with pumpkin pie, Hale’s description was the quintessential Thanksgiving celebration. The scene also helped re-establish the original reason behind Thanksgiving – an idea which seemed to have been lost over time. She stated, “There is a deep moral influence in these periodical seasons of rejoicing, in which whole communities participate. They bring out…the best sympathies in our natures.”

It would be another 200 years (1941) before Congress declared Thanksgiving a national holiday, but Hale’s influence can still be seen when we gather with our families and friends around the dinner table today.

So let’s give thanks this holiday, not only for the loved ones around us, but to the people who helped mark this special day in history and keep it alive for generations to come.

From our family to yours, have a very happy Thanksgiving.

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October 25, 2010

(Literally) Spooky Furniture


With Halloween just around the corner, it seems everyone is getting into the holiday spirit. From slimy snakes and spiders to ghastly ghouls and goblins, homes all around America are being decked out with spooky decorations in anticipation of the big night.

If you’re one of the lucky few hosting the big Halloween bash at your place, you’ve no doubt gone the extra mile to give your home a terrifyingly fun makeover, inside and out. Decorations and accessories can go a long way in transforming your humble abode into a haunted estate, but if you still feel like there’s something missing, you may need some Halloween furniture.

That’s right. Some furniture designers have taken to creating fully functional furniture pieces with a genuinely creepy motif. So, whether you’re looking to add some “oomph” to your Halloween party, or simply have a really morbid sense of interior design, these pieces are for you!

Coffin Couches


Now you can experience the comfort of a coffin without meeting the typical prerequisites (e.g., death)!

One California-based company has created a niche market, buying real coffins from local funeral homes and repurposing them as couches. The coffins are unusable due to cosmetic defects, but California health and safety laws prohibit them from being resold to the public, so many funeral directors are glad to have someone take these off their hands.

And thus, the coffin couch was born. These unique couches come in a number of colors and designs, or can be custom made. Companies from all over the world have commissioned custom coffin couches for marketing purposes. Lounging around on what was once intended to be someone’s eternal resting place won’t come cheap, though – prices range from $3,500.00 to $5,000.00.

Casket Furniture


Coffins a little too modern for you? How about a tried and true casket instead? Another furniture design team has taken “lifetime guarantee” to new levels with a wide selection of casket-themed furniture.

The casket display case (pictured above) could be used for books, trinkets, shrunken heads, or anything else you can fit on the shelves. Friends coming over? How about a casket pool table (below)? This is sure to spice up your typical game of pool.


These casket concoctions also include coffee tables, entertainment centers, sofas, and even phone booths. But you’ll have to dole out a pretty penny if you want your home to resemble the Crypt Keeper’s pad – prices range anywhere from $500.00 to $9,000.00. Ouch!

Modern Halloween Furniture


So maybe you want to take a more subtle approach to your dark decorating desires…

This skull chair (above) offers up just enough creepiness to set the mood on a dark and stormy night, but still manages to pull off a sleek and elegant  look come daybreak. Throw in a pair of skeleton hand salad tongs (below) and you’ve got yourself one classy monster bash!


Whatever your decorating preferences, just remember Halloween is all about having fun! Be creative, be silly, go all out! It’s not every day we’re allowed to dress up like our heroes and act like kids! May as well take advantage!

Happy Halloween!

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